Jetstar has continued the expansion of its distribution channels in China with new and convenient initiatives designed to give consumers and the travel trade easier access to Jetstar’s low fares.
Buying flights on Jetstar.com is easy for consumers with the recent addition of popular payment methods such as Alipay and China Union Pay credit cards.
Jetstar is now pleased to announce that fares are now available to customers via Ctrip, China’s largest online travel portal.
“Our presence on Ctrip, China’s leading travel portal with more than 50 million registered users, creates unprecedented access for our growing number of Chinese customers,” Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer David Koczkar said.
Also, with the addition of TravelSky’s Eterm GDS, customers can now access Jetstar’s fares and ancillary products via over 7,000 travel agents across China.
Travel agents in China now have the choice of booking Jetstar via the TravelSky GDS or a new a customised Jetstar trade site, including direct bank debit in RMB for all Jetstar Group airlines flying to China.
Mr Koczkar said this expansion reflected Jetstar’s plan to strengthen its presence in China.
“Working with our travel industry partners to ensure our low fares are easy to access for consumers is a key priority as we look to strengthen our presence on routes to-and-from China,” he said.
The Jetstar Group currently flies to nine Greater Chinese destinations.
Jetstar Airways flies to Beijing, while Jetstar Asia flies to Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shantou, Haikou, Guangzhou, Nanning*, Hong Kong and Taipei.
Jetstar Hong Kong is scheduled to start flying in 2013 (subject to regulatory approval) to destinations in Greater China.
*Jetstar Asia operates a twice weekly A320 service between Singapore and Nanning in China, in an arrangement with Air Sino Euro Associates Travel.
TravelSky is the leading provider of information technology and commercial service in China’s air travel and tourism industry. Its core business is oriented toward airlines, airports, ticket sales agents, travel enterprises and relevant civil aviation institutions and international organizations.
TravelSky comprises a range of services covering air passenger service, air travel distribution, airport passenger processing, air cargo data processing, internet travel platform, domestic and international transport revenue management system as well as final settlement and liquidation services.
Currently, TravelSky has 12 branches, 21 subsidiaries (including the subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Europe and USA) and 9 affiliated companies. Its customers include 30 domestic airlines and up to 200 regional and overseas airlines, 147 domestic airports and 7000 ticket agents, broadening its service range into 300 Chinese cities and 80 foreign cities.
In July, 2008, China TravelSky Holding Company was listed in Hong Kong, with a registered capital of RMB 1.843 billion and total assets of RMB 8.26 billion. The company is headquartered in Beijing, with more than 4000 employees.
The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 4,200 flights a week to more than 75 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 34 million passengers in financial year 2016.